UPDATE: Another Nexus 4 Photo Sphere ad added after the break.
While we wait for the Nexus 4 to reach our shores, LG has released a 2 minute video that showcases its features. Among them is Photo Sphere, a dynamic panoramic feature which is introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
To recap on the specs, the Nexus 4 is based on the Optimus G which comes with a quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 4.7″ IPS display that pushes 1280×720 resolution. So far there’s nothing solid about its official availability which can happen anytime now. However someone has started taking bookings of the device with an expected retail price of RM1,799 with 2 years warranty.
Update: A senior forum member in LowYat.net shares tips on how to claim a replacement if your iPhone 5 is damaged here. Read: Best to check your device right at point of purchase. Also, you can call Apple Care at 1-800 803-638
Update 2: In an email response to a customer asking if Apple had any plans to fix the seemingly easy to scuff aluminium finishing on the iPhone 5, Senior VP or Marketing Phil Schiller said:
Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.
(Thanks Normal for highlighting this in the comments)
When the iPhone 5 first made it to the hands of owners, several were shocked to discover that their pride and joy came out of the box with a variety of scuffs, scrapes and dings.
We resigned the issue to poor QC, a compromise to get the first few batches of the iPhone 5 out to eager buyers. Never did we expect “scuffgate” would affect iPhone 5s in Malaysia. Months after the iPhone 5 was released, we’d figure that Apple would have gotten the QC sorted and Malaysians can be assured that their iPhone 5s would come out pristine right out of the box.
As it turns out, this is not the case. No sooner that the iPhone 5 was launched here, several owners reported the same defects with their iPhone right out of the box. Even our very own iPhone 5 wasn’t spared (pictured above).
The sensible thing to do if you received a defective product is to get it replaced right away. In the US, if you got a defective iPhone it will be replaced so long as you returned in within 30 days of purchase Well as it turns out this is not the case with Apple.
Blogger LiewCF checked with Maxis for clarification if Apple would replace scratched iPhone 5. Maxis’ response was a perplexing one. The operator claimed that it checked with Apple and iPhones that come scratched out of the box are “not categorized as a defect” and will not be replaced.
We called up Apple care to get more information and their response was just as disappointing. In Malaysia, if you purchased an iPhone and its defective, you will have to take your claims for a replacement with the retailer that you bought the device with and not with Apple. It is up to the retailer to replace your defective unit.
If you bought your iPhone from Apple’s online store you might have a better chance of getting a replacement for your defective iPhone 5 but for everyone else, it all comes down to luck.
Interesting how Apple prides itself in providing the best customer experience.
High end Android smart phone these days are just getting bigger. While it comes with more sophisticated display pushing the pixel density to greater heights, its usability in terms of single hand usage tends to suffer. So far we have seen HTC pushing its 5″ HTC Butterfly that boast a 1080p display but now word has it that HTC is working on the next HTC One X/X+ successor which carries a 1080p display in a 4.7″ screen dimension. At 4.7″, that’s a staggering 468ppi (pixels per inch) which is 28 pixels more than the massive HTC Butterfly.
According to the source, HTC will be using Qualcomm’s 2nd generation quad-core processor running at 1.7GHz which is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Out of the box, it runs on Android Jellybean with its custom UI Sense 5. In the imaging department, HTC is pushing more on its “Amazing Camera” tagline with an improved f/2.0 13MP shooter with a front facing 2MP camera. For better audio, HTC is said to be putting in stereo speakers, dedicated Beats-designed amp and Clear Voice feature into the M7. Powering the device is a 2,300mAh battery, 200mAh more than the current One X+.
No word when it will be official but who knows it might make an appearance at CES or MWC happening next couple of months.
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Samsung has just announced its new Galaxy Grand, a new addition to the Galaxy Android family which comes with a 5″ display. While it sits between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II in terms of dimensions, the Galaxy Grand is a rather mid-spec device with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a lower screen resolution of 800×480. As a result, the screen pixel density is rather low at about 186 ppi (pixels per inch).
The Galaxy Grand reminds us of last year’s HTC Sensation XL with its big screen on a mid-spec hardware smart phone. It also include 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage which is expandable with micro SD, 8MP camera, 2MP front facing shooter and a 2,100mAh battery.
Running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Grand also comes with the similar features of its higher end siblings such as Zero Shutter Lag camera, Direct Call, Pop up Play, S Voice and Multi-Window. According to Samsung, there are 2 models available – GT-I9082 (dual sim) and GT-I9090 (single SIM). Overall it is 9.6mm thick and it weighs 162 grams which makes it slightly thicker than the Note II (9.4mm). So far no details on its release date and pricing but it is said to be targeted at Asian & European markets.